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Ideas and views from across the left

Low pay and increased job insecurity: the state of single parent employment

Matt Hawkins, 22 Jul 2014

Gingerbread’s latest report, Paying the Price: The long road to recovery, reveals how this dangerous cocktail of recession and cutbacks has particularly harmed single parent incomes and their job prospects.

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Securing the future of our public services

Dave Arnold, 21 Jul 2014

Securing the future of our public services is a manifesto for the future of our public services, produced by Unison. It outlines in detail the challenges faced by public services, identifies key priorities and suggests solutions for the future.

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The Bedroom tax by numbers

Zorana Halpin, 18 Jul 2014

After the Department for Work and Pensions released its impact assessment on the bedroom tax this week; Shelter looks at the key facts.

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Labour needs to nationalise the railways

Mick Whelan, 11 Jul 2014

Privatisation has been a failure. Pledging to nationalise the railways would help Labour win the 2015 general election.

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Fighting austerity: why we need to talk about human rights

Alice Donald, 10 Jul 2014

Human rights are integral to ensuring the government is legally and morally responsible to its citizens. he government's socio-economic obligations are real and binding – and fundamental to the protection of human dignity.

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Why we are striking

Mark Serwotka, 9 Jul 2014

PCS members have seen their incomes plummet as a result of cuts to pensions and income. It's time to take action.

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The key to reducing inequality? Stronger trade unions

James Bloodworth, 2 Jul 2014

The widening gap between rich and poor reflects a decline in trade union power, so argue the authors of the bestselling book The Spirit Level

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Labour rights to be TTIPed out?

Joy Johnson, 24 Jun 2014

TTIP is a free trade agreement unlike any other, and its consequences could be disastrous.

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What to make of the IPPR report

Ellie O’Hagan, 19 Jun 2014

Class Media and Communications Officer Ellie O'Hagan gives her view on the launch of the IPPR's The Condition of Britain

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It’s time to reverse the ascendance of finance capitalism

Professor Costas Lapavitsas, 18 Jun 2014

The structural problems within the UK and other mature economies were brought to the surface during and after the financial crisis of 2007-9. In my new paper for Class, I argue that these problems are inherent to contemporary mature capitalism and have to do, above all, with the process of financialisation and the state’s active role in supporting this process.

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The significance of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Howard Reed, 12 Jun 2014

Howard Reed, who recently debunked an attack on Thomas Piketty in the Financial Times, explains the significance of Piketty's bestseller.

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A Primer: Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

Ellie O’Hagan, 11 Jun 2014

Thomas Piketty’s seminal work, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, has soared to the top of the Bestsellers’ Chart and sparked debate amongst commentators, economists and politicians across the world. But at nearly 700 pages, and stuffed with cultural references from Disney to Jane Austen, what is Piketty actually arguing?

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Why Class is hosting Thomas Piketty

Steve Hart, 10 Jun 2014

On June 16, Class will be hosting world-renowned economist Thomas Piketty and Stewart Wood in conversation in Parliament. Here's why.

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Sanctioning job seekers who refuse zero-hours contracts is counterproductive

Liam Crosby, 9 May 2014

Forcing job seekers to take zero-hours contracts is counter-productive in terms of getting people into sustainable jobs and ultimately reducing the welfare bill.

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Most voters blame the banks for the crash

Neil Foster, 8 May 2014

Our poll shows more voters hold the banks, not the Labour Party, responsible for the crash. Time for Labour to be more outspoken about banking reform.

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The tube strike in numbers

Ellie O’Hagan, 29 Apr 2014

RMT explains strike action with a series of important statistics

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To tackle the Great British Rip Off, we must end zero-hours contracts

Byron Taylor, 22 Apr 2014

Ahead of the next leg of our regional tour in Cardiff, Byron Taylor, National Officer of TULO, gives us his views on the Great British Rip Off.

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VIDEO: The Great British Rip Off

Zoe Williams, Katy Clark MP, Frances O’Grady, Sadiq Khan, Matthew Pennycook, 9 Apr 2014

The government claims Britain’s economy is in recovery, but with the gap between the rich and the poor widening and living standards plummeting for most – whose recovery is it?

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How to Change the Post-Crash Economy

Professor Costas Lapavitsas, Seumas Milne, Mariana Mazzucato, Paul Mason, 8 Apr 2014

VIDEO: An expert panel including Costas Lapavitsas - professor of economics at SOAS, Paul Mason, Culture and Digital editor, Channel 4 News; Mariana Mazzucato RM Phillips professor in the Economics of Innovation at Sussex University; and Seumas Milne, Guardian columnist and author, convene to discuss the state of the UK economy today.

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